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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis sought to discover the beginnings, organization, development, and growth ofthe Church ofGod ofProphecy in South Carolina, and to identify key people, places, and events that were pivotal in this Pentecostal denomination's significant genealogy. The author used extensive archival research, review of existing literature, and interviews ofeyewitnesses and participants to compile pertinent data. The research...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophesy South Carolina History, Pentecostalism United States...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The current American gender lens, both in the wider culture and in the Christian community, is disproportionately focused on the misconduct of men against women. This thesis-project focuses on blind spots in that gender lens, giving attention to underrecognized objective hardships faced by women and hardships faced by men. Hardships include sex-specific or sex-related physical, medical, educational, occupational,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Man-woman relationships Religious aspects Christianity, Man-woman relationships...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis-project is to help preachers understand how to communicate the gospel—defined by Jesus as “good news to the poor”—to people who are materially wealthy. It examines others’ work on this subject, original research, and Biblical texts. Biblical concepts are placed into conversation with contemporary wealthy Christians using a broad survey, a group participation class, and two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Rich people United States Religious aspects, United States
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This project examines if expository preaching in the book of Revelation takes place beyond chapters two and three. A survey was given to students from two of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry tracks with an emphasis in preaching to research this question. Although the survey results indicated a significant number of preachers do preach beyond chapters two and three some chapters are given...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Revelation IV-XXII Criticism interpretation, Preaching, Worship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This historical case study explores leadership in the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) during the 1974-1991 Ethiopian Revolution using Robert Quinn's concept of the "Fundamental State of Leadership" as a research lens. Based on interviews and other first-person accounts, analysis indicated that persecution forced MKC leaders to clarify the priority of their devotion to Jesus and engagement in his misison....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Meserete Kristos Church (Ethiopia), Persecution Ethiopia History 20th century,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project examines the life of Mansfield French (1810-76)—educator, clergyman, revivalist, publisher, abolitionist, army chaplain, Freedmen's Bureau officer—as a model for multivocational ministry, defined as "having multiple vocations across a single ministerial career." The thesis is a biography focused on how French transitioned through a succession of occupations, concluding with a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, French Mansfield 1810-1876, Clergy Secular employment, Methodism History 19th...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project investigates the conflict over the Bible's inspiration within the Advent Christian Church from the 1950s through the early 1960s, setting the debate within the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversies and exploring its influence on the two colleges that trained Advent Christian clergy--Berkshire Christian College (Lenox, Mass) and Aurora University (Ill). The conflict represents a clash between two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Advent Christian Church Doctrines, Advent Christian Church, Bible Inspiration...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The focus of this thesis-project is a pedagogical question that explores how a local congregation can recover an understanding and practice of community in order not just to be a community, but to function as a formative disciple-making communion. The goal of this thesis-project is to affirm that vocational discipleship is primary in the mission of local congregations. This thesis-project recommends practices...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity), Vocation Religious aspects, Church renewal
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  In this thesis, I describe the growing trend of Hispanic Protestants migrating to Anglo-Protestant churches specifically throughout the churches of the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God. I have chosen a problem-solving methodology called the Pastoral Circle. It involves observing reality or the experience of people and then seeking a solution to their problems in the light of the contributions of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God, Christian leadership,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Western culture has changed from a Christian to a post-Christian perspective. As American culture transitions into a post-Christian framework, the church is faced with monumental challenges. The ministry programs that once were very effective in a Christian culture now do not work well. Will the church seek to maintain the type of ministry and cultural influence it has enjoyed over the past two centuries or will it...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, First Baptist Church (Pocasett, Massachusetts), Church renewal United States,...
이민 한인교회들을 위한 교육과 상담을 통한 노인 목회의 방안 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Immigrant Korean-American Churches across the nation are experiencing a rate of aging that dramatically exceeds the trend in the general population. Senior Adult Ministry as we know it today is a relatively new development in the Korean-American Church. Korean First Generation Immigrants are now more than 65 years old and make up a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Korean American churches Older people, Church work with older people Immigrants
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Projects
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This thesis explores the theological and theoretical rationale behind expository story sermons. This study is important because we live in a story-culture. Wise preachers know their audience. Those who want to effectively communicate the word of God to the people who are immersed in this story-culture should be able to preach a story sermon. The result of this study is a manual in chapter five on how to prepare...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Narrative preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The significant challenge of postmodernity to the modern evangelical church calls for response. The deconstruction of hierarchal structures and the emphasis on diversity, community and mission provide a doorway for furthering partnership and interdependence (mutuality) between men and women. By researching ministries created in the postmodern age that are outside but support the evangelical church, this thesis...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mutualism Religious aspects, Women clergy, Evangelicalism United States...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project seeks to answer the question, “What elements are needed in a local church to create a leadership culture that encourages volunteers who lead other volunteers to serve in ministry, despite living in a time-starved environment. These volunteer leaders are called High Capacity Volunteers, and they are defined by significant sacrifices in the midst of busy and complicated lives and leadership...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Training, Christianity and culture Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: A few years ago, churches among the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements celebrated more than a century of revival as a result of the outpouring of the Pentecostal experience in recent history. One of the successes celebrated was a doctrine that rose among the early Pentecostals referred to as “A love that could erase boundaries.” Many witnesses testified of the work of the Holy Spirit that erased racial,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy, Leadership in women Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Sumario: Esta tesis se enfoca en conocer las necesidades sentidas de La Estéfana, Urbanización Niza, La Cuesta, Karpinsky y Salitrillos, comunidades situadas en el distrito de San Rafael, cantón de Montes de Oca, en la provincia de San José, capital de Costa Rica. Seguiremos los pasos del Circulo Hermeútico del Dr. Eldin Villafañe para elaborar un análisis socio antropológico y desarrollaremos un acercamiento bíblico...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church and social problems, Social conditions, Costa Rica
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill. The crisis in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria has been described as "Ethno-Religious." This study has revealed that the present crises are rooted in the interpretation of perceptions of history. A critical survey of how violence has been handled historically in the life of the church is covered. Whatever position the church takes...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Ethnic conflict Nigeria Religious aspects, Ethnic conflict Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Around one third of the Hebrew Old Testament is written in poetic form, yet apart from using a poetic layout, major Bible translations generally do not translate these materials poetically. This thesis-project examines the biblical-theological foundations for translating biblical Hebrew poetry as poetry, and argues that doing so could help carry over much of the impact and poetic beauty of the original into the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Translating and interpreting, Hebrew poetry, Biblical Translating
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project is about New City Church’s journey toward evangelistic faithfulness. My heart is to see the Church be equipped to make, mature, and multiply evangelistically responsible disciple-makers as this is Jesus’ heart for his church. In this project I explore how the addition of missional accountability to existing discipling relationships and principle-based evangelism training can impact evangelistic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling Christianity Spiritual formation, Evangelistic work, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project examines whether end-of-worship liturgies designed to equip worshipers for missional participation in Christ’s threefold office can play a role in missional transformation. A review of theoretical, practical, and field research literature on missional worship suggests three promising liturgies: intercessory prayers, introduced offerings, and lay commissionings. These liturgies were separately...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church renewal
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This focus of this thesis is to answer the question, why aren't black churches being planted and what are the problems as to why black churches aren't church planting. Interviews were conducted for this particular research. The questions were structured to learn more about their organizational structure, leadership style and their opinions on planting churches. It was also designed to learn if the effects of black...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church development New, African American churches, Liberation theology
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis project explores the problem of how sabbath is something not in the consistent practice within the life of most Salvation Army officers. Through a survey conducted among 750 active officers of the Western Territory of the United States, the reasons for the problem are identified. Engagement with the information gathered occurs within this project offering pragmatic solutions to quell the problem and to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salvation Army, Rest Religious aspects Christianity, Sabbath, Self-care Health,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This study offers a mentoring model for intentionally teaching audience analysis to seminary students during their one-year internship (vicarage) in the Masters of Divinity program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. An intern (vicar) was given instruction on incorporating various components of audience analysis into his sermon preparation. Evaluators from the congregation rated how effectively the vicar’s...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper focused on how integrated Christian counseling was used to help a Chinese Filipino family. The readers could gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of infidelity; how it affected the Chinese Filipino families, and the role which integrated Christian counseling played in bringing about healing in such families. Results revealed that the combination of Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling, Cognitive...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage counseling Adultery, Families Philippines, Chinese Philippines, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   This thesis-project seeks to answer the question of “How can we help students form their own faith by identifying spiritual markers in their spiritual journeys and help them to understand their testimony as an ongoing work of God in their lives?” This research study was done through creating a two-leveled discipleship and research approach to help students grow in their own understanding of their stories of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Spiritual formation Youth, Faith development Youth
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: In the early centuries, gender distinction in character traits and types of work engaged has been clear. After industrial revolution, however, as public education and birth control accessible to the female in the recent centuries, more and more women have been assuming the traditional “male roles” in practically all spheres of life. Gender distinction in many areas is not crystal clear any longer. Inevitably,...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Women in church work, Feminism Religious aspects Christianity, Chinese...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The Korean church lacks biblical preaching, and it is confused about it. This lack is partly responsible for the distortion of sermons and theology. Suggests ways to capture biblical form and content. When Korean sermons are biblically faithful and contextually relevant, the Korean church will be healthy.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The church today is at a crossroads: young people are walking away from the Christian faith in record numbers, not knowing God’s kingdom story or their identities within the context of that story. The church must use this crossroads to approach discipleship in a radically different manner, leading young people to understand their identities within the context of God’s kingdom story so as to provide them a solid...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth Study and teaching, Church work with teenagers Study and...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this study is to present the rediscovering of biblical leadership as a guide to shepherd leadership for the church revival in the 21st century. In doing so, I would like to focus on two research surveys conducted through the theological foundation of Korean Presbyterian Church and Yale Presbyterian Church located in In-Cheon City, South Korea. In the last thirty years of church history and ministry,...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Presbyterian Church Korea History, Christian leadership Korea, Christian...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Can Grandparents share their faith in Christ with their grandchildren in an age-appropriated manner? The project begins with examining the general and spiritual influence of grandparents, followed by exploring the Biblical mandate to do so, switches to include various development stages of grandchildren using Erik Erickson's psychosocial, Jean Piaget's cognitive, Lawrence Kohlberg's moral, and James Fowler's faith...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Grandparenting Religious aspects, Intergenerational relations Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most twenty-first century Canadian churches are either plateaued or in decline. While church planting is vital, the need for the missional renewal of existing churches represents both a crisis and an opportunity. This project evaluated pastoral leadership in fifteen Canadian congregations in order to identify effective strategies for the missional renewal. This project orbited around two questions. What type of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Evangelistic work, Church renewal Canada, Alpha courses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this project is to expand the ministry impact of the Flag Aide as he or she serves to support and improve strategic communications as a conduit between the Chief of Chaplains office and chaplains at the ranks of Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant. The close proximity to the Chief of Chaplains and the connections made with the senior chaplains of the Chaplain Corps provide the Flag Aide a unique...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, United States. Navy Chaplains, United States. Navy, Military chaplains United...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Preaching from the prophetic genre is largely underrepresented in today’s sermons in our evangelical churches. A premise of this Thesis-Project is that the current lack of easy accessibility to resources combined with the challenges of the prophetic genre, contributes to a dearth of preaching from the Minor Prophets. This project therefore addresses whether an introductory training resource for preaching the Minor...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible. Amos Homiletical use, Bible. Amos, Preaching Case method, Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: “To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and meet human needs in his name without discrimination” is the mission statement held by The Salvation Army internationally. The statement implies what the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth, would call a “salvation for both worlds”: the spiritual and the social. While The Salvation Army has been actively fulfilling this mission through its places and people...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salvation Army, Theology Practical Salvation Army, Leadership Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Bi-vocational preaching pastors are tentmakers working to leverage their efforts for ministry in the local church. But these pastors have less time for expository sermon preparation and face challenges that other pastors do not encounter. This thesis-project provides a tool for identifying challenges in the sermon development process and helps design a strategy to overcome them and aid pastors in keeping the Word of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Expository preaching United States, Clergy Secular employment, Preaching,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project determines if pastors can grow in their devotion to prayer as it relates to ministering the Word of God in local congregations. The literature concerning the importance for prayer as well as the literature regarding effective preaching is vast. This study addresses the intersection between of these two disciplines. A workshop was presented to a group of pastors addressing the primacy of prayer...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Prayer Biblical teaching, Preaching Study and teaching, Clergy Prayers and...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This work focuses on the development of a manual on Expository Preaching to be utilized as another tool in the Pentecostal preachers toolkit, specifically the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc. preacher. The thesis will review what expository preaching is as well as its importance to the preacher addressing congregations across the world today. In Chapter 4, a preaching course was developed to help...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America Inc, Preaching Study and teaching,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The alarm bells are ringing in the world of youth ministry; young people are not sticking with Christianity. This thesis-project explores some of the reasons behind the exodus of young people from their faith and determines that one of the common traits amongst these young adults is a lack of deep theological understanding and ability to articulate what their faith means. This thesis-project will draw upon...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Curriculum planning Religious life, Religious education Youth Pentecostal,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  El modelo de ministerio de la iglesia “León de Judá” ha sido de mucho avance dentro de la comunidad de Boston, es una visión que me impresionó y que uso como modelo en esta tesis. Para los ministerios hispanos que buscan envolverse en áreas de educación, de ayuda a los estudiantes para acceder a las becas de alta educación, modelo de consejería, etc. este ministerio es una punta de lanza que vale la...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with immigrants New Jersey, Hispanic American churches New Jersey...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to design a teaching course syllabus entitled, “Being A Christian Minister” for East Asia School of Theology to be taught at the local Singapore campus as well as the school extension centers in China, India, etc. The thesisproject is written to encourage longevity of service among vocational Christian workers. Its content is to examine key foundational matters like the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, East Asia School of Theology (Singapore), Clergy Job stress, Church officers...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  There is a growing body of literature in the Theology of Work. This literature is important because work is not just something we put up with while here on this earth, but more fundamentally it is of great importance to God. There are significant gaps in this literature due to: lack of a common language, lack of critical mass within congregations, fragmentation of workplace and religious institutions,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Work Religious aspects Christianity Biblical teaching, Work environment Theology
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Using a biblical-historical approach, this thesis argues that discipleship and revival must coexist in the church. It defines true discipleship and the authentic work of the Holy Spirit in revival. It is then applied to the ministry context of Manhattan Mission Church, providing a universal meaning of genuine discipleship and Godly revival for modern day churches and providing a ministry blueprint for other church...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Manhattan Mission Church, Discipling (Christianity), Church renewal Revival,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  A Redemptive Leadership Model has elements that can enhance leadership growth beyond competencies to a redemptive culture that will unleash organizational effectiveness and growth within Africa New Life Ministries in Rwanda. This research will examine how the Redemptive Leadership Model can enhance the preparation of leaders for organizational development and effectiveness. Africa New Life Ministries' leaders are...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Africa New Life Ministries Rwanda, Christian leadership Africa Rwanda,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project addresses the fear of public speaking. It confirms there is a hidden group of men and women with great potential for Christian leadership who are perhaps missing their "calling" due to their deep-rooted fear of public speaking. Because Christian resources are scarce in this area, the thesis-project presents a booklet, written from a biblical perspective, specifically aimed at...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Public speaking Religious aspects Christianity, Speech anxiety Religious...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Divorced ministers face the possible loss of credentials. Since denominations have varying practices regarding divorced clergy and non-clergy, a resource listing how divorced is handled would be helpful in ministering to those who are divorced. This research began by surveying what the Bible says about marriage and divorce, and reviewing the literature covering the four prominent views of divorce and remarriage....
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Military chaplains Divorce, Military chaplains United States, Clergy Divorce,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Some authors assert that door-to-door evangelism is not the optimal way to evangelize. For the most part, they feel as though door-to-door evangelism has been anachronistically abrogated. They argue that advertisement, telephone solicitation, and direct mail are more useful than door-to-door evangelism. This thesis-project has explored their assertions by conducting surveys in Henrico County, VA and has discovered...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Evangelistic work, Religious life
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper will look at the role of money in the life of national pastoral leaders serving in a weak economy like Haiti. It attempts to address the following question: How can pastoral leaders manage their resources in order to provide a decent life for their families with dignity, taking into considerations the economic limitations of their country and without entering an unhealthy dependency to a foreign...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Salaries, etc. Haiti, Financial security Haiti Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The thesis-project will explore the development of continuous succession in InterVarsity Canada. The focus was built on four questions: How does Scripture shape our understanding of succession that contributes to producing transformational leadership and organizations? What secular and Christian literature contribute to continuous effective succession? How can succession development of leadership in a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, Transformational leadership...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The library is one of the chief academic resources of the Bible College. It reflects, in a bibliographic way, the very purpose and philosophy of the institution. These Standards were written to challenge the Library Director and staff to fulfil its mission to the institution and to AABC. The primary objective of the writer is a qualitative analysis of the policies and procedures of the library with helpful...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, American Association of Bible Colleges, Bible college libraries Standards,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This work address theoretically and practically the spirit and practice of legalism that is undermining the Gospel of grace in the church in Africa. In the theological brief, The Law, The Spirit, and Faith In Sanctiflcution (Part I), our purpose is to clarify and affirm what the Scriptures teach concerning the nature and means of sanctification, and the proper role of the law in New Covenant life. Our thesis is:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Sanctification, Law and gospel Biblical teaching, Africa
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: An attitude survey, case studies, and a theological forum on independent ministries from Orthodox, Catholic, mainline, and evangelical perspectives. Provides new suggestions for improving the relationship between churches/denominations and parachurch agencies. Contrary to popular opinion, money and people are not the problems, and pastors are more receptive to non-ecclesial agencies than thought. The new People...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Religious institutions, Church polity
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project, The Impact the Prosperity Gospel is Having on the Pentecostal Church in the Greater San Antonio, Texas Area , addresses the problem that the Pentecostal church must face in confronting the prosperity gospel. This gospel of health and wealth is making inroads into the Pentecostal church at an alarming rate. The promoters of the prosperity gospel prey on the poor and disenfranchised in order to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wealth Religious aspects Pentacostalism, Pentecostalism Texas, Pentecostalism,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project focuses on the spiritual life development of young Christian leaders in Hong Kong who are in their transition from college youth to young working adults. The discussion is in three approaches. Firstly, the descriptive approach revisits the current settings and identifies the spiritual needs of young leaders whose lives are being constrained as a performing leader, unhelped helper, self-focused...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth China Hong Kong, Spiritual formation Youth China Hong...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The author seeks to re-conceptualize agape love as unconditional commitment rather than the common notion of unconditional acceptance. A theology of love is developed using biblical sources and various authors. Love is viewed as sacrificial and supportive with interpersonal variables serving as filters informing its practice. Love is presented as an existential reality; one-directional in its expression, yet...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Pastoral counseling Couples, Marriage counseling Religious aspects, Love...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The Christian and Missionary Alliance policy of uniform standards for ordination is causing friction in a changing ministry context. Examines biblical, historical, and comparative aspects of ordination. Engages in dialogue through a survey of superintendents as to the possibility of multiplying ordination categories for varying types of ministry. Proposes creating a few new categories.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian and Missionary Alliance Government, Christian and Missionary...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: First, this project begins by suggesting that chaplains have an opportunity to collaborate with clinical mental-health professionals to bring about hope for veterans in a recovery program. The greatest potential advantage of this is that hope may be understood both cognitively and spiritually. The type of hope found in the Bible is founded on a deep understanding of God and considered supernatural in purpose. The...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Military chaplains United States Counseling, Appreciative inquiry Religious...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Entender la dinámica de trabajar con hispanos desde una óptica multicultural requiere un acercamiento que nos permita aceptar el desafio que esto representa a la pastoral del siglo 21. Hay que entender su historia, su trasfondo social y su cultura. Enfrentamos el dilema de "cómo hemos de atender" a millones de hispanos que ya están y que siguen llegando a Estados Unidos. Su diversidad cultural exige...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Hispanic American churches, Multiculturalism Religious aspects, Massachusetts...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project argues that spiritual practices that integrate beauty and aesthetics are beneficial for spiritual formation in the life of a Protestant evangelical congregation. This study will show the historical precedent for, the theological framework for, and practical examples of integrating beauty and aesthetics into practices related to the spiritual formation of Protestant evangelical congregations....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Aesthetics Religious aspects, Art and religion, Spiritual formation Art,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Like every organization, churches need leaders. Pastors can sit back and hope leaders emerge on their own or they can take an active role in developing leaders, viewing it as part of their discipleship responsibility. As demonstrated in Scripture and in other literature, pastors who choose to be intentional about it will share leadership, develop people, and leave behind a legacy of leaders. The goal of this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Lay ministry Training, Christian leadership, Leadership Religious aspects...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis-project was to explore the ways the experience of grief shapes us to be spiritually formed as God uses grief to reveal who He is and to shape us in the image of His Son. I explored the biblical and theological foundation that allows us to declare that God is with us in our grief and guides us through our experience for our good and his glory. I observed contemporary grief theory in order...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with the bereaved, Grief therapy Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this thesis project was to show that international churches, specifically in Europe, but applicable around the world, could be a valuable asset in fulfilling the Great Commission and that they should no longer be seen as “country club” type churches only for expatriates. This thesis project includes an in-depth study of all the literature dealing with international churches. Also included is a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missionaries Europe, Religious aspects of war, Missionaries, Europe Religious...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Many of America's military veterans who have served in conflicts such as the Vietnam War, The Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan} have suffered what are considered invisible wounds within their souls known as Moral Injury. Ml can be characterized as feelings of betrayal, loss of innocence, and wounded conscience that results from the inability to reconcile one's perceived...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Pastoral care Veterans, Church work with veterans
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project studies the impact of Biblical discipleship in transforming a congregation. Many churches are struggling and are seeking revitalization. The key to congregational transformation is not a program, but Biblical discipleship. Jesus started a church by investing his time, energy, and knowledge into others. The Apostle’s carried on their discipleship by discipling others. This is what discipleship...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian life, Church renewal, Discipling (Christianity)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Church leaders have asserted that there is a lack of discipleship in the church. What is this widely used word ‘discipleship?’ How does it differ from disciple making? What does Scripture teach us? What can history teach us? What may we learn from Jesus and His disciples? Why did disciple making exist so sacrificially, and then appear to fade? Why is it largely missing today and what can be done to correct the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Once regarded as a sacred institution and a platform of holiness rather than happiness, marriage seems to have lost its sacredness. The institutions of marriage and family are currently undergoing metamorphosis; with the influences of modernism, postmodernism, technology, and socio-cultural revolution, marital and family dynamics are experiencing changes. Although some still adhere strictly to traditional biblical...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salem Gospel Mission International (Providence, R.I.), Marriage counseling...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Presents a five chapter interactive study designed to heighten emotional awareness (EA). A test group of 20 was surveyed. Emotional awareness increased 7% more than that of a control group. Includes a theological and biblical foundation and literature review. All measurements of EA were made using the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS). Temperament results using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, CAM International, Missionaries, Personality, Emotions, Compassion
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Projects
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: From the beginning of time there was only one way for people to learn about God. God had to have his people go to others and share His story. The journey was not easy. Many wanted to stop them and keep God's message from being shared. In other instances the travel was difficult and rough. No matter what the circumstances of the traveling or circuit ministry, those called continue in what they are doing. As they work...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Methodism Clergy History, Circuit riders, Methodism Clergy, History
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: When faced with the demands of their first post-collegiate workplace, many Christian graduates are overwhelmed and uncertain how to draw upon the claims and resources of their Christian faith. This project provides a model of how a campus minister can help graduating seniors prepare for better work-faith integration. It attempts to correlate the key findings from a scriptural theology of work with the experience...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with students, Faith at work
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Using the biblical archetypes of Adam and Cain, who respond to challenges through avoidance or aggression, this thesis-project explores the impact of crucibles as mechanisms for confirming a man’s masculinity while also catalyzing their leadership development. Through the theories of precarious masculinity, male development psychology, and the hero’s quest, a purposeful masculinity is contrasted against Adamic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Masculinity Religious aspects, Men (Christian theology), Christian men...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this thesis-project was to gain a better understanding of the particular challenges that wealth creates for spiritual formation. I defined spiritual formation in the context of a creation-fall-redemption-consummation framework and explained how wealth might hinder that formation, while also hypothesizing from several biblical texts what some of those challenges might be. I interviewed twenty people...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wealth Religious aspects, Spiritual formation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis project is to create an introductory course in biblical preaching for young men and women who have completed their university studies, who are participating in a one-year residency program called Cultor House at Grace Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and who are considering positions in church leadership. Cultor House is a year-long residential learning community geared toward young...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Grace Church, Greenville SC, Cultor House, Preaching Study and teaching,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC had recently called a new Senior Pastor. They desired to effectively minister in the community, but were challenged with a very limited budget. Their proposed solution was to leverage the resources of the church through the structure of a Community Development Corporation. To accomplish their goal, they designed and implemented a three-phase process:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership North Carolina, Christian leadership, North Carolina.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis is about an analysis of the relationship between faith and anger of Korean Christians. This work will help people to understand why people get angry and how Christian faith works in the Korean community. First, we will define what anger is. Anger could break down the community. However, anger is not always sinful. Second, we will show the works of Aristotle, Ambrose, and St. Augustine. Physical and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Anger Religious aspects Christianity, Korean American churches
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: In Christ, God became incarnate, inhabiting flesh. Jesus was human and divine, born to a human mother, and he frequently used touch in his ministry. Through their ordination, clergy imitate Christ as they shepherd their communities, offering people hope and a tangible way of connecting with each other and with God. In our western context and culture, clergy are in danger of losing their confidence in the amazing...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Anglican Church in North America, Pastoral theology Sacraments, Clergy...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Provides pastors and leaders with a fresh biblical and practical model for preaching that inspires and equips people to pursue God's grand vision for their lives, their churches, and the world. Deals with biblical, theological, and psychological aspects. Four basic elements dealt with are word, image, story, and the person of the preacher.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching